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NHS 1% PAY RISE: Anger growing at government offer

 

The Royal College of Nursing has announced it is preparing for possible industrial action over the government’s proposed 1 per cent pay rise for NHS workers.

The service had been budgeting for a 2.1% pay rise this year but chief Sir Simon Stevens says the offer has been reduced because things have changed . The governments plans amount to a real-terms pay cut once inflation is taken into account.

Unions representing workers are furious at the suggestion of a below inflation pay rise. The Royal College of Nursing has called the proposals pitiful arguing that workers should get a 12.5% rise instead. They have set up a £35 million fund to prepare for potential strike action.

The government say:‘The pandemic does however have real consequences and we have to all we can to protect jobs and save livelihoods. ‘The recommended 1% pay rise for NHS staff is what is affordable ,while acknowledging their work and commitment over the last twelve months’.

The official pay review will take place in May. And with growing anger and the threat of strike action the government may be forced to review its offer.


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